Shinmei Foods of Japan has opened its first U.S. food production facility in West Sacramento. Shinmei constructed the 28,000 square foot plant to produce its gluten-free rice patties using rice grown in the Sacramento Valley. Located on a six acre site in the city’s Southport Business Park, Shinmei’s initial work force numbers 20 employees based in production, sales and administration. Shinmei’s opening continues to accent West Sacramento’s key strategic position as a leader in the region’s global food hub industry.
Shinmei USA President Mitsuzo Fujio and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon spoke during the grand opening ceremony, Aug. 12, 2015.
“We built our first US plant in West Sacramento because the Sacramento Valley produces high-quality rice,” said Shinmei USA President Mitsuzo Fujio. “West Sacramento is a great location for domestic and international distribution.”
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said, “Shinmei’s dedication to quality and safety is well known in Japan, and that commitment has been evident throughout our partnership. We’re delighted to see Shinmei USA set West Sacramento as the base for its effort to bring rice products to western food culture.”
Shinmei’s rice patties will be sold in several global markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. The company’s entry into the United States parallels the growing appetite among Americans for gluten-free products. The rice patties are GMO-free, conveniently microwavable, and versatile. Shinmei intends to initially produce 28 million rice patties a year in West Sacramento.
What helped attract Shinmei to West Sacramento is its high-quality water, local rice, and access to the California and US consumer markets for healthy food. Other international companies have also established operations in West Sacramento, including Germany’s Bayer CropScience, Japan’s Nippon Shokken, and Norway’s TOMRA Sorting Solutions. These companies have joined longtime food hub businesses such as Nor Cal Beverage, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Tony’s Fine Foods within the city.